Mint, Apple, Lemon
Tonka Bean, Geranium, Ambroxan
Vanilla, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Cedar
One Sentence Verdict
A good enough fragrance
The Long Story
The more I read about Versace Eros, the more confused I get. It seems like no one on the Versace team talked to each other to come up with a consistent advertising content. It’s either that or Versace must live in some fantasy world where gladiators look like Xerxes from 300.
The idea behind Eros was to create a fragrance for the man “who is his own master”. Apparently, no one told Donatella that the gladiators were slaves, hence they were not their own masters. This is why I’m not sure how her statement ties in with the whole gladiator concept.
Let’s accept that the advertising theme is centered around a gladiator. Then, why on earth, would they make this gladiator look like a silver-painted pride parade performer? My idea of a gladiator is tough rugged man, just like the ones in Gladiator. Brian Shimansky (featured in the ad) has a great body but he does not personify a gladiator, especially when he is spray painted in silver.
Eros is the Greek god of love. In Greek “Eros” means desire and in Greek mythology Eros is a symbol of sexual power. Similarly to Cupid, Eros is said to bring lovers together. In Greek art, he is represented as a slim young man – something much closer to what Brian Shimansky’s character.
So imagine this for a moment: what if Versace makes a fragrance, calls it Eros and centers it around the theme of the Greek god with the same name who makes people fall in love with each other. The parallel is that the fragrance attracts people and makes them fall in love with each other. Forget about gladiators, ultra-masculine men and determinate goal chasers. The fragrance itself is so far remote from it anyway.
Despite all the conceptual contradictions, Eros is a slightly-above-average fragrance. It opens really well with citrus anchored down by tonka bean and amber. It seems like some quality went in the opening. It has some depth to it, which set the scent apart from the regular other masculine in this genre.
If the opening gives you 15 minutes of near heaven, the dry down brings you down to earth. The vanilla and tanka beans take over and dominate until the predictable end. A perfumista may start yawning but Joe Average would probably find it quite appealing. It really is appealing. The tonka bean has a nice sweet nuance to it and doesn’t come off synthetic.
Overall, Eros is what you call a “nice” fragrance. It will likely do very well in the mass market and go unnoticed in the fragrance community. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table but it does what it’s supposed to do well. Give it a try and share your thoughts.